TEAM TRIVIA – Tuesdays at 8:00 PM
Vitale’s Sports Bar
834 Leonard St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
1st Place: $30.00 GC
2nd Place: $20.00 GC
3rd Place: $10.00 GC
The best pizza in Grand Rapids.
Big Screens: 4
Pool Tables: N/A
Vitale’s Italian Restaurant is a local Grand Rapids landmark where the Vitale family earned its legendary start in the pizza business. It began when Giuseppe (Joseph) Vitale emigrated from Sicily to Grand Rapids and encouraged his brother Salvatore (Sam) Vitale to join him.
Joe and Sam knew the value of hard work. A throwback to the Depression Era when as youngsters after completing elementary school they went to work to help support their family. In 1962, Joe opened his first business “Pizza Queen” on Stocking Avenue on the Grand Rapids Northwest side. Four years later he opened a second Pizza Queen located on Leonard Street NE. for his brother. Sam shortly after changed the name to Vitale’s and is still running it today.
Both businessmen used the same time-tested recipes brought over by Joe from the old country. Even today they continue to insist on creating their own dough, sauces, and home-made sausage.
Sam Vitale is always thankful to the people of Grand Rapids for the opportunities he found here and for being able to realize the American Dream.